Some might assume the word raw equates inedible when it comes to food. Truthfully, that’s not always the case. In fact, when coming across the word raw what it really means is the preservation of vital nutrients in certain foods. Of course, meats and poultry should most definitely be cooked. But just as raw veggies are preferred due to their nutritional content, so is honey.
Raw honey is honey that’s not been processed, pasteurized, or heated in any way shape or form. It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals which are all destoryed once it’s been processed, making it as unhealthy as refined sugar. It’s way sweeter than both processed honey and refined sugar!
For centuries, raw honey has been used to naturally treat an assortment of ailments due to its antiviral, antibacterial, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antibiotic, and antifungal properties. More than just a healthy sweetener, honey can treat asthma, flesh wounds, boost immunity and lower blood pressure. And that’s just naming a few! It helps promote both body and digestive health.
Honey is loaded with key nutrients. This includes a variety of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6), vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, sulphur, zinc, and phosphate.
There are different kinds of honey that contain stronger properties than others, which I will get into a little later. First, let’s take a look at honey’s general benefits and remedies.
Skin Care & Wound Treatment
Honey is an excellent source of antioxidants, which is a huge plus for skin. The last thing most folks think about honey is skin care. Believe me, I used to be one of them. “Why would you want to slap that sticky, gooey stuff all over your skin?” I used to ask myself. Turns out because of all those antioxidants and honey’s handy antibacterial quality, it can help treat acne, restore damaged skin, slow aging, reduce scarring and even treat eczema. Constant use of honey can help fight bacterial and viral diseases.
Add a small amount of raw honey on breakouts to help clear skin nightly. You can also wash your face with honey, leaving skin soft and clean.
For sunburns, rashes or wounds, spread honey over affected area and cover with dry gauze. This will help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Change at least once a day until healed.
Treats Colds & Allergies
Adding raw honey to your diet will help strengthen your immune system and eliminate allergies. Containing powerful antibiotic properties, honey is perfect for treating a pesky cold and sore throat. It soothes the throat and helps suppress coughing while fighting viruses.
You can add a spoonful of raw honey to your tea. It makes a healthy sweetener and ensures a speedy recovery.
For treating blocked sinuses, mix a teaspoon of honey in a pot or bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale the steam.
For allergies, take a teaspoon of raw honey a couple times a day starting a few months prior to allergy season.
If you’re looking for a natural energizer to add to your workout regime then raw honey is a great candidate. Carbs in the form of glucose and fructose boosts endurance, energize the body and mind, and reduce muscle fatigue. Honey can provide 17 grams of carbs over tablespoon, making it ideal for athletes in need of a sustained energy source to get them through training. It makes a better alternative to expensive commercial sports gels, which may contain unhealthy ingredients.
Other Notable Benefits
Raw honey can help lower bad cholesterol while increasing the good cholesterol your body needs.
Honey can help relieve morning sickness.
In addition to asthma and sore throats, honey can help treat laryngitis, pharyngitis, and bronchitis.
Raw honey can help prevent anemia.
Raw honey can help blance blood pressure, sugar levels, and calm nerves.
It’s anti-inflammatory properties makes honey a great pain reliever, and can be used to treat ulcers.
Raw Honey Varities
As mentioned before, there are different kinds of honey out there, all of which are great. But knowing which kind you’re looking for also helps you to effectively choose which kind of benefits you’re seeking to add to your regime than others.
- Manuka Honey – Strong antibacterial properties, used to treat a variety of issues. This includes colds, sore throat, indigestion, stomach ulcers, acid reflux, heartburn, ringworm and acne.
- Acacia Honey – Cleanses the liver, promotes intestinal health, and reduces any inflammation in the respiratory tract.
- Buckwheat Honey – Strong tasting, dark honey, and containing strong antioxidants. Hard to find in the U.S., but a sufficient alternative would be Red Gum which equally possesses powerful antioxidants.
- Eucalyptus Honey – Prevents colds and headaches.
- Heather Honey – Also great for preventing colds and headaches.
- Neem Honey – Used in the treatment of high blood pressure, skin conditions, throat infections, periodontal infections, diabetes, and allergies.
- Linden Honey – Contains sedative and antiseptic properties. Can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety, bronchitis, colds, and coughs.